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The photo album is in PDF format and Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 5 or newer is required (Acrobat Reader is a free download from Adobe). The CD will run on operating systems as old as Windows 95, but will not read on earlier versions of Acrobat Reader.

CD Vol. 6


A Truck Photographer’s Diary, Vol. 6 – Truck Stop 1, is intended to provide historic photographic documentation of trucks from a bygone era, 1965.

Most of the 115 photographs were taken at Fortmeyer’s Truck Stop in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Some were taken at Mike & Vic’s Truck Stop in Stony Ridge, Ohio. Some were taken at miscellaneous other locations, and a few action views are also included.

All but a few of the photos were taken by David A. Bontrager , who is well-known for his classic and unique images of trucks and trains from the 1950s through the present day. This is an excellent sampling of his private collection of truck photos.

The CD has been completely rebuilt with all new scans of the original images with a higher technology scanner. All photos are in pristine condition and will view excellent on screen, and will view larger than the original CD. A few may not be perfect, but I feel the historical value out weighs the technical aspects of the photo.

Trucking was much different in the Sixties than it is today. Not only was the industry different during the regulation era, but the equipment, technology, and even the people were different.

As you view the various photographs there are several items to notice and some things to keep in mind about the trucking industry and the equipment during the era of the Sixties:

  • Dressing up a truck with chrome, polished aluminum and stainless steel was not as we know it today.
  • Many times even bullet cab marker lights were painted instead of being chromed.
  • A painted steel bumper or bumper painted with stripes was much more common than a chrome bumper.
  • Notice the number of license plates on the trucks, another necessity of regulation.
  • And last, but certainly not least, a noticeable absence of CB antennas, and certainly the absence of TV antennas and satellite dishes.

Pages may be printed for personal non-commercial use only – not for public distribution by any manual, mechanical or electronic means.

Acrobat Reader 5.0 or newer is required for reading the photo album. Acrobat Reader is installed on most new computers, or you can download it free at: www.adobe.com

The photo album is an automated slideshow and can also be viewed manually. Instructions are included.

No part of this e-Book photo album, in whole or in part, or the photos contained herein, in whole or in part, may be reproduced, transmitted, scanned or distributed by any manual, mechanical or electronic means or devices without express written permission from the author and publisher.

Neither the CD nor the contents are public shareware. Copyright laws apply.